May 6th, 2010
Article originally featured in The Daily Record May 6, 2010 Issue
Article featured in the May 6, 2010 issue of The Daily Record.
One of the companies in the new Maryland Clean Energy Incubator at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County is trying to make real estate development easier and faster.
Columbia Technologies, launched by two engineers in 1999, uses sensors to determine what kind of pollution is underneath a future or existing building site, turning weeks of waiting for an environmental analysis often needed in redevelopment projects into a few hours.
“We’re able to get an answer quickly in high resolution that’s easy to understand,” said John H. Sohl, chief executive officer and co-founder of Columbia Technologies. “So you can move the market elements of a property transaction much faster.” Read the rest of this entry »
July 1st, 2005
Article originally featured in The Daily Record July 1, 2005 Issue
Article featured in the July 1, 2005 issue of The Daily Record.
A green company that saves businesses greenbacks. What could be better than that? Nothing, say executives at Columbia Technologies LLC.
“We have a broad appeal,” said Ned Tillman, president and co-founder. “Environmental types like us for our less invasive procedures, but businesses like us because we can save them a lot of money. We’re in a pretty good position.”
The 6-year-old company has found a clean and fast way to measure subsurface pollution. While giving the environmentally concerned reason to cheer, Columbia is doing its share to keep commerce, particularly the real estate marketing, humming.
“Real estate transactions can close a lot faster now,” Tillman said. “Before, a lot of deals would fall apart because of the time it would take to find out if there was contamination on a property. With our technology you can know that in a day.” Read the rest of this entry »